GovernmentCIO: DHS Tackles Cybersecurity Workforce Shortage with New Training Centers

“The Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) awarded $2 million to the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI) to develop a network of cybersecurity institutes to train the next generation of cyber professionals and crush a ballooning cyber workforce shortage.”

“CIRI, led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is one of the DHS Centers of Excellence and already focuses on cybersecurity in its research and development efforts for the agency.”

“Together, CIRI and CISA will conceptualize and plan the network of cybersecurity institutes.”

“’The goal of the plan is to build out this cyber institute notion, but it won’t be like the COE because it will be more like a training institute,’ Gia Harrigan, program manager at DHS S&T, told GovernmentCIO Media & Research.”

“It all started in April when CISA asked Rob Karas, CISA’s associate director of cyber defense education and training, to form a task force to address the cybersecurity workforce shortage. At the time, CISA estimated there were approximately 300,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs.”

“Now, there are upward of 500,000 unfilled cybersecurity roles across the public and private sectors, which CISA considers a national security risk…”

“The solution, he said, is establishing technical training centers where four-year cybersecurity degree students can study toward a concentration in incident response or control systems. But Karas wants the program to be open to everyone regardless of demographics or educational background…” Read the full article here.

Source: DHS Tackles Cybersecurity Workforce Shortage With New Training Centers – By Kate Macri, November 10, 2020. GovernmentCIO.


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